The 32 teams that will be taking part in this season’s Champions League have been confirmed. Young Boys, Malmö FF, Benfica, Red Bull Salzburg, and Shakhtar Donetsk made it through qualification to join the other 26 sides. A special mention has to go to FC Sheriff Tiraspol, who made it through all four qualifying rounds to become the first team from Moldova to qualify for this season’s Group Stage. Here are the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League Title Odds.
2021-22 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE ODDS
|TEAM||DRAFTKINGS ODDS||FANDUEL ODDS||BETMGM ODDS|
|Zenit St. Petersburg||+20000||+10000||+15000|
|Red Bull Salzburg||+30000||Not Available||+15000|
|Club Brugge||+50000||Not Available||+15000|
|FC Sheriff Tiraspol||+100000||Not Available||+75000|
*Odds correct Wednesday 25th August 11:00PM EST
2021-22 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE UNPREDICTABILITY
The Champions League is one of the hardest competitions to predict a winner. The Group Stage starts in September, and the final is in May, meaning the competition spans 9 months. That is an eternity in Soccer where anything can happen.
Players can fall out of form or favor. A new manager can breathe life into a struggling side like Thomas Tuchel did for Chelsea last season. Injury or suspension can rob a club of their star player like we saw with Bayern Munich last season in the Quarterfinals when they went out to PSG.
We have the unpredictability of the Knockout Stages, where ties are decided over two legs. Managers like will make a wild selection, or tactical changes that blow up in their face like Pep Guardiola did against Olympique Lyonnais in the 2019-20 Quarterfinals.
VAR or poor decisions from referees can be the difference between a team going through to the next round or exiting the competition. Who remembers Raheem Sterling‘s marginal offside call in the final moments against Tottenham in the 2018-19 Quarterfinal stage.
Finally, UEFA have decided to remove the away goal rule, which means all two-legged ties ending in a draw will go to extra time. Whichever side plays at home in the second leg will get the advantage of having their crowd behind them for an extra 30 minutes.
2021-22 UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BETTING TIPS
In my opinion, seven sides have a genuine chance of winning the competition:
- Manchester City
- Bayern Munich
- Atlético Madrid
There’s no value in backing all of them, so here’s my take on each one and who I’m putting my money behind:
PSG are the favorites and obvious choice after their lavish summer spending spree bringing Lionel Messi, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum, Sergio Ramos, and Gianluigi Donnarumma to the club. If we look at the last three winners Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea, they have all had hard-working forwards who press and defend from the front.
It’s unrealistic to expect 34-year-old Messi, Neymar, and Kylian Mbappé to offer anything close to that for this star-studded side.
VERDICT – Avoid
Manchester City‘s chances hinge on what they do in the transfer market over the next seven days. Harry Kane declared on social media that he’s staying at Tottenham, and reports quickly emerged that City have turned their attention to Cristiano Ronaldo.
I feel this deal is very unlikely due to how late we’re into the transfer window and the complexity of signing a player with his status.
VERDICT – Back if Ronaldo signs
Bayern Munich have one of the best starting elevens in Europe. The lack of squad depth cost them last season against PSG, and right now, they’re looking weaker in that department. The transfer window is open for seven more days, but it looks like they are focusing on tieing down current stars rather than bringing in new ones.
VERDICT – Keep an eye on who Bayern sign in the next few days
I am shocked at Chelsea’s odds and think they’re great value at +750. Last season’s winners have one of the best squad’s in Europe and upgraded their striker options by signing Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan in a $129 million deal.
VERDICT – Best value
Liverpool are one of the sides who will benefit from having fans back in the stadium. Anfield is known to be magical on European nights, and we saw one of the biggest turnarounds in the competition’s history when they beat Barcelona 4-0 after losing the first leg 3-0 in the 2018-19 semi-finals.
VERDICT – Back
Juventus‘ best piece of business this summer was bringing Massimiliano Allegri back to the club. The 54-year-old is a guaranteed winner who has the tools to get the best out of this talented squad. I think Ronaldo leaving will improve their chances as it will allow them to press and be more dynamic in the final third.
VERDICT – Outside Chance
Atlético Madrid‘s biggest strength is their stability. Diego Simeone hasn’t lost any of his players who won LaLiga yet and added Rodrigo de Paul and Matheus Cunha. Both are interesting additions who bring more creativity to their forward line.
VERDICT – Longshot
Spread your money across:
- Chelsea +750
- Liverpool +900
- Juventus +2000
- Atlético Madrid +2500
WHERE TO BET CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IN THE US
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